Monday, May 26, 2014

“For by grace YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph 2:8,9)

The word “saved” implies some kind of peril or danger (one is hardly saved from Disneyland!).  The context from which the above passage is taken highlights the mercy of God in delivering men from the power of sin and death and granting them a new life in Christ. This is not simply a reformed life but, a life that comes from God through a spiritual birth. Jesus spoke of this birth when He said, “you must be born again” (John 3:3).  The peril is the future judgment of God. Elsewhere it is called “the wrath to come” (1 Thess 1:10) and will culminate in the frightening “lake of fire” (Rev 20:15). This impending judgment will take place following Christ’s second coming (the Bible teaches far more on the second coming than the first). That Christ has already come in fulfillment of Scripture is sobering assurance of His future return.

My son once stood on a train track to face on oncoming train. He had seen a superhero toss on oncoming train and he was going to do the same! Thankfully, he changed his mind as the train approached but, he frightened the life out of his parents! He had NO appreciation of what he really faced. The passage we wish to spend the next few weeks considering is filled with amazing truths concerning deliverance from God’s fearful judgment. It will however be meaningless if you do not believe God is real and is telling the truth.

Jesus came that you might be saved. He wants you to be saved from the “wrath to come.”

1 comment:


    Who are those who are included in salvation? All men who believe and obey what the apostle Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost are saved. It does not make any difference what denominational name is written on the church building where you worship, if you obey the gospel preached by Peter, then, you are saved, you are a member of the Lord's church, you are part of the church of Christ, you a member of the body of Christ, you are a Christian.

    What did Peter preach?
    1. Peter preached that Jesus was a miracle worker. (Acts 2:22)
    2. Peter preached that Jesus was resurrected from the dead by God the Father.(Acts 2:24-35)
    3. Peter preached that Jesus was both Lord and Christ.(Acts 2:36)
    When the three thousand believe Peter, they asked "What shall we do?"(Acts 2:37)
    4. Peter told them to repent and be baptized in order to have their sins forgiven.(Acts 2:38)

    This is the same message Jesus preached. (Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved....)

    THE TERMS FOR PARDON ARE: Faith-John 3:16, Repentance-Acts 2:38, Confession-Romans 10:9-10, Baptism (immersion in water) 1 Peter 3:21

    All who meet the terms for pardon are saved regardless of the denominational name on the church building.